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Type 3 Writing

The Collins Writing Program
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Chris Pauling

on 13 August 2013

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Type 3 Writing
Type 3 Assignments
In this assignment we want our voices to rise from the page and apply the criteria of FCAs
The Focus Correction Areas
CONTENT - the "what" of the writing. It includes quality of information or ideas and the details to support them.
Examples
A system of the body and how it works
8th Grade Example
Type Three writing has substantive content and meets up to three specific standards called Focus Correction Areas (FCAs). Revision and editing are done on the original.

Writers create a draft, read it out loud, and review it to see if it meets the following criteria: completes the assignment, is easy to read, and avoids problems in the focus correction areas. Revising and Editing are done on the draft.
"The voice is what keeps us reading and believe what is written." Donald Murray
Focus Correction Areas (FCAs) is a selective approach to correcting student writing.
There are four focus correction areas:
Content, Organization, Conventions, & Style
The Focus Correction Areas
ORGANIZATION - the order of the writing.
This is unity, coherence, emphasis, logical order, or sequence.
The Focus Correction Areas
CONVENTIONS - the appearance of the writing. Legibility and neatness.
The Focus Correction Areas
STYLE - the personality of the writing.
Word choice, sentence structure, variety, and voice.
Basic Formula
to Create FCAs
Begin with a CONTENT FCA:
Example - Explain correct steps in order, create a problem with a solution, 8-10 facts about...., 3-4 differences between

Follow with a specific FCA for VOCAB:
Use ten words spelled correctly, boxed, and numbered in the margin

Add one FCA for MECHANICS/CONVENTIONS:
Use legible handwriting, complete sentences, less
than a certain number of spelling errors,
correct capitalization
Form
Any form: essay, letter, story, explanation of problem
Special Heading:
FCAs listed on top lines on left side with points available

Name and date on top lines on right side

Title or Topic Statement is on the fifth line, centered

Papers are numbered at the top and center of the page for reference

Remember to SKIP LINES!
Format
Audience
The primary audience is the student who will read it out loud and a teacher with high expectations who will read it and evaluate it based on FCAs

Some assignments may have audiences such as a school administrator, a newspaper audience, an organization, or other.
Evaluation
Ask: Is the assignment complete?
Does the composition sound right and is it easy to read?
If "NO" to any question above, hand back incomplete, ungraded. If yes, grade according to FCAs.

When FCAs are given to students, point amounts are announced and students write them on the paper next to the FCA. You will write the score earned in the same area.
The purpose of Type 3 Writing is to have students to display understanding of a complete unit that introduced specific vocabulary and new factual information

This can be used as a quiz or test. Teachers should give time warnings when this writing is done in class (5 min warning and 1 minute warning).
A war, political figure's importance, process of passing laws, or system of government
Finding the lowest common denominator, cross multiplication, PEMDAS or other formula
The importance of a stage set or the purpose of stage directions
A comparison or contrast of two composers/artists
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